In response to the predominant sameness of suburbia, Ithaka tries to exploit the diversity of residents in building a dynamic living environment in the context of Almere.
Conceived in strong dialogue with its future users, the project intends to revert the role of the inhabitant from mere consumer to active participant. A variety of dwellings, ranging from 24m2 studios to 400m2 lofts, houses a diverse community. Through a process of co-creation, initiated in an early stage of the development process, residents have been actively engaged in the design of their living environment, which enhances a sense of ownership, belonging and collectivity. As a result, the residential block provides both a multiplicity of individually customised living spaces and a strong collection of shared spaces.
LOCATION: Almere (NL), CLIENT: Van Bekkum, YEAR: 2007 - 2010, STATUS: Completed, SIZE: 13.700 m2, TEAM: Don Murphy, Christina Eikmeier, Leon Teunissen, Shaya Fallahi, Rob Otten, COLLABORATORS: Structural Engineer: Van Rossum, MEP Engineer: Nelissen, Landscape: Ronald Rietveld, Contractor: Van Bekkum, Photography: Paul Kozlowski